GOP names Anthony to replace state Rep. Roth
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org August 20, 2013 6:06PM
Deborah and John Anthony, founders of The Yarn Foundation. | Photo courtesy~YARN
Updated: September 22, 2013 6:24AM
Kendall County sheriff’s deputy John D. Anthony was appointed Monday to fill a vacancy created when state Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, resigned her seat.
He will become the first African-American GOP member of the Legislature since 1983 when he’s sworn in next Monday. He is also part Puerto Rican.
Anthony, 37, who lives in the Kendall County portion of Joliet, will serve out the remainder of Roth’s term, which ends in January 2015. During the interviewing process, Anthony indicated he would seek a full term by running in the 2014 election, Grundy County Republican Party Chairman Michael Mattingly said on Tuesday.
Roth announced her resignation in late July after her husband was transferred to a new job in Texas. The resignation was effective Monday.
Republican party chairmen from the four counties in the 75th Legislative District gathered to select Roth’s replacement from among nine applicants who were interviewed for the job. More than 20 inquired about the position, but only nine applied by the deadline, Mattingly said.
There was lengthy discussion before the vote, but in the end the chairmen from Grundy, Kendall, Will and LaSalle counties voted unanimously to choose Anthony, Mattingly said. The vote was weighted by county based on the percent vote cast in the district in 2012, Mattingly explained.
Anthony, who grew up in the Cabrini Green public housing complex in Chicago, was selected because he has shown a willingness to work hard for the Republican Party, Mattingly said. Like Roth, Anthony “brings enthusiasm and energy to the position,” he said.
Anthony has been a Kendall County sheriff’s deputy since 2008. Before that, he worked as a police officer in Champaign, according to a press release issued by the Grundy County Republican Party.
Anderson and his wife, Deborah, currently manage a non-profit charity, YARN Foundation, that helps children and their families with scholarships and educational programs.
YARN stands for Young and Restoring Nations.
Roth, a former Saratoga School District 60C Board president, was appointed as a state representative in January 2011 to fill a vacancy left by Sue Rezin of Morris.
Rezin left her House seat before she was sworn in to fill a vacancy created when former State Sen. Gary Dahl, R-Granville, resigned. Roth won her election against Jeremy Ly in November.
The 75th Legislative District’s boundaries stretch from Plano to the north, Minooka to the east, Braidwood and Dwight to the south and Marseilles to the west.
In addition to Mattingly, Anderson was selected by: Will County Republican Chairman Ed Ronkowski, Kendall County Republican Chairman Scott Gryder and LaSalle County Chairwoman Susan Thornton.
Beacon-News reporter Steve Lord contributed to this report.